Program Description

What does it mean to be a woman today?What did it mean in the past? What is feminism?How does culture-popular culture and high culture-reflect and shape our experiences as women?What impact do women have on the world?How can we improve the situation of women in the United States and throughout the world?

These are just some of the questions we ask in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a highly interdisciplinary field of study that impacts everything we do at Cottey College.Because Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’ reach is so broad, it provides a strong complement to any major you choose.

One of the most unique features of Cottey’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program is that it resides in a women’s college.From Virginia Alice Cottey’s desire to educate women to be “knowledgeable, thinking, mature adults” to the college’s current mission to “educate…women to be contributing members of a global society through a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience,” Cottey’s primary concern is women.This commitment to women’s education is at the heart of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

While the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers a wide range of courses, students learn about women in courses outside the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, in co-curricular activities ranging from student organizations to suite life, and in interactions with the many feminist mentors they encounter on campus.Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, therefore, is at the heart of the college.


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are highly interdisciplinary, and Cottey College offers courses in a wide range of disciplines.Our courses include the following:

  • WGS 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WGS 240 Feminist Theories
  • WGS/ANT 151 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • WGS/ENG 220 American Women Writers
  • WGS/ENG 222 British Women Writers
  • WGS/ENG 340 Topics in Women’s Writing
  • WGS/FLM 153 Film for Femmes
  • WGS/FRE 199 French Women in Translation
  • WGS/IRB 293 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/SOC 203 Family and Society
  • ANT/WGS 204 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANT/IDS 291 Language and Culture
  • WGS/HIS 211 History of Women in the United States
  • WGS/IRB 291 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/PSY 231 Psychology of Gender
  • WGS/SPA 293 Contemporary Women Writers
  • WGS/SPE 205 Gender and Communication
  • WGS Directed Studies
  • WGS Internships


Service Learning

Cottey College classes, such as WST 105: Introduction to Women’s Studies, provide students with service-learning opportunities.These experiential learning activities give students the opportunity to work with women in the Nevada community and apply or augment the knowledge they gain in the classroom.

Academic Showcase

Women’s Studies students at Cottey regularly present their scholarly work, often as poster presentations, to the campus community as part of the Academic Showcase held each semester.


Cottey students travel beyond Cottey’s campus and present their work at national conferences.

Feminist Majority Foundation

Students can join Cottey’s chapter of the Feminist Majority Foundation.This campus organization hosts a wide range of activities, including movie screenings and discussions, feminist-action campaigns, voter registration drives, and Take Back the Night marches.


Cottey is proud to participate in V-Day each year.V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women.As part of V-Day, our Feminist Majority Foundation chapter produces The Vagina Monologues every spring and raises money for our local domestic violence shelter and for women around the world.

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